Bookbinding dates back to ancient times, when stone tablets were used to record important events. Information is copied onto these tablets and then placed between other tablets to prevent vital information from being lost due to damage from airborne particles or dust. These discs were then joined together using different materials which also made it possible to move these discs from one area to another much more easily. These same principles underlie book binding today, whether they are used to publish hardcover and paperback books for sale to consumers, to protect important personal and legal documents, or to store private photos and documents in a commemorative scrapbook.
Binding is a term used to describe the various ways of securing or “binding” individual pages in a book. Binding can be done with stitching, staples, wire, plastic, tape, or glue. Binding can be a laborious project to do yourself, depending on the method chosen and the number of individual pages that need to be bound. However, there are many options available to the “feline” and non-expert person that can make bookbinding an enjoyable and valuable experience. If you are good at working with your hands, you may like to poke holes in the pages and then tie them together in a book with materials such as leather, rope, and colored twine. If you’re less used to crafting, but still want to turn your loose pages into a book yourself – consider purchasing 3-round folders and perforated protective sleeves to hold the pages you want to keep. You can then decorate these folders with stickers, clips, pictures, buttons, stickers, etc. to really make it of your own creativity.
If you want to use different materials to bind your books without all the hard work, you can choose to buy a binding machine that will do most of the work for you. A binding machine is a good investment, especially if you plan to create multiple books at home. You can always choose to have your pages also linked to writers by professionals. Ask your local press for the price of binding services. Professional book binding services can also be found online. The Internet contains a wealth of information in the form of bookbinding tips and ideas, discounted suppliers for bookbinding machines, DIY bookbinding materials, and references to professional bookbinding services. Keep in mind that binding costs, whether you do it yourself or rent, will not only be determined by the methods you choose to bind your books, but also by the types of materials you choose to link your book with.
You may wonder why someone would have trouble linking separate pages in a book on their own or getting someone else to do it on their behalf. The answer is very simple; Binding is an excellent way to protect legal and personal documents, as well as to keep photos and papers in a functional, attractive, portable and personal format. Bookbinding can be a fun activity for a creator. And even those who don’t necessarily enjoy crafts will be happy to have a personalized book containing important documents and memorabilia. Linking your pages to a book not only protects and preserves those special documents, photos, papers, and memories, it creates a memory to share with family and friends and even pass from one generation to the next, filled with history and memories forever.